Photonics technologies have profound potential to help meet UN’s SDGs

A growing number of politicians believe that photonics technologies have profound potential to help meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as boost our economy. A new All Party Parliamentary Group on Photonics has recently been formed to raise awareness of the photonics industry and recognise the impact it makes on the UK economy and its potential for future economic growth. 

Light based technologies are in applications such as solar and other renewable energy systems; water cleaning and desalination capabilities; energy-efficient LEDs for lighting in remote as well as developed areas and in enabling urban farming; fibre optic communications networks and processors for wearables and the Internet of Things; remote sensing for monitoring climate, natural disasters, and agriculture; and a plethora of medical technologies for diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease.